Italian Society of Paediatrics: blocking puberty in dysphoric children does not cause permanent problems. But various studies demonstrate the opposite
UK, Sweden, Finland, USA: much of the world is against puberty blockers which can irreversibly damage the health of girls and boys. The Tavistock clinic in London is closing, a thousand families are preparing for a class action in defense of daughters and sons who have not been treated adequately, many American pediatricians are attacking their trade association which is pushing for the administration of these drugs. But for the society of Italian pediatricians these problems do not exist

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According to the Italian Society of Pediatrics the effects of puberty blockers (puberty blocker) used to treat girls and boys with gender dysphoria are perfectly REVERSIBLE: it means that if the child changes her mind about her intention to "change sex" and suspends the "therapy", her development will resume normally, without any definitive effects and/or health problems.

Things aren't like that at all. The effects of therapy with puberty blocker they are not at all "completely reversible", as demonstrated by various studies. It is therefore surprising that Italian pediatricians are not made aware of this scientific evidence.

Here is one of the studies, published by British Medical Journal, in which it is argued that the blockers do not alleviate the psychological suffering of the young people subjected to these "therapy" (had no significant effect on their psychological function, thoughts of self-harm, or body image) but also that the children experienced reduced growth in height and bone strength when they finished treatment at age 16 (“the children experienced reduced growth in height and bone strength by the time they finished their treatment at age 16”).

On the basis of this study - which is from 2021 - the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (Scotland) had to withdraw their brochure on gender dysphoria, a brochure which claimed the perfect reversibility of the effects of blockers, and apologized afterwards a protest that the potential long-term effects had not been clarified.

Tavistock in London pharmacologically treated thousands of minors with gender dysphoria problems, and has now been closed. This is how the newspaper reported it The Times: “The damage done is immeasurable. No one knows how many years of ideological dogma, inappropriate treatment and a culpable failure to consider the overall mental well-being of children treated by the Tavistock Clinic will influence the thousands of people who have turned to the Gender Identity Development Service. Yesterday the government put a dutiful stop. After the devastating report in March on indiscriminate prescription of puberty blockers on the clinic's part, the government decided to close it. The treatment of children questioning their gender identity will now be handled by regional children's hospitals that have an established and respected reputation.".

But according to the Italian Society of Paediatrics, the reasons for the closure are different, and there is no mention of the "immeasurable damage" what he talks about The Times.

Today, always second The Times, a thousand families would be ready to sue the clinic for ruining their children's health. Tom Goodhead, chief executive of Pogust Goodhead law firm, told the newspaper:

Children and young adolescents were rushed into treatment without the appropriate therapy and involvement of the right clinicians, meaning that they were misdiagnosed and started on a treatment pathway that was not right for them”. (Children and young adolescents were treated hastily without the appropriate therapy and the involvement of the right doctors, which means they have been misdiagnosed and they started a therapeutic path that was not suitable for them).

These children have suffered life-changing and, in some cases, irreversible effects of the treatment they received … We anticipate that at least 1,000 clients will join this action” (These children have suffered life-changing effects and, in some cases, irreversible consequences of the treatment they were given … We expect at least 1,000 people to join this action.)

Continue the article The Times:

“The allegations of medical negligence are based on the findings of an interim report by Dr Hilary Cass, a former president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, who is leading a review of the service. Cass found the clinic overlooked other mental health issues in children distressed about their gender, and failed to collect data on the use or side effects of puberty blockers, which she said may “temporarily or permanently” disrupt the development of children's brains”. (The allegations of medical negligence are based on the findings of an interim report by Dr Hilary Cass, former president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, who is leading a review of the service. Cass found that the clinic overlooked other mental health problems in children struggling with their gender and collected no data on the use or side effects of puberty blockers, which it said could “temporarily or permanently” disrupt children's brain development ).

Also the Karolinska Institute, which provided a similar service for the "gender identity" of minors in Sweden, he admitted to having ruined the health of numerous children - especially girls - prescribing puberty blockers.

It is truly worrying that the Italian Society of Pediatrics insists on considering the effects of these drugs that continue to be administered in our country as "reversible".

Meanwhile in the USA many pediatricians are in revolt against their professional association, L'American Academy of Pediatrics, accused of "pushing" for affirmative therapy, or for the administration of harmful drugs (harmful) to girls and boys gender variant. Pediatricians report the impossibility of changing these protocols.

Marina Terragni


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